ERA Dashboard

Eviction Diversion Tracker

Welcome to the Eviction Diversion Tracker, a Texas Housers resource that allows users to understand and interpret data related to our efforts to make evictions in Texas rare and fair. The resource currently consists of two dashboards:

The two dashboards can each be viewed as a standalone, or they can be used together, for example to identify counties that still have rent relief available but are experiencing an uptick in new eviction cases entering the courts.

You can explore both dashboards below.



Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Dashboard

Since May of 2021, Texas Housers has monitored the progress of Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs in Texas by collecting data on their expenditures and recipient pools (see our ERA report volumes 1 and 2). For our third round of data tracking and analysis, we have transitioned to an interactive dashboard interface. The priorities driving our research remain the same: we want to see that jurisdictions distribute ERA efficiently and equitably. This means that their ERA programs:

  • Distribute assistance quickly.
  • Target households in the lowest income bracket.
  • Target people of color.

How to use the dashboard 

Select an ERA program from the list on the left and the dashboard’s elements will auto-adjust to display information about the selected program’s distribution. De-select the program before toggling to another. When no program is selected, the dashboard will sum all local and state program data to depict a snapshot of ERA distribution in Texas as a whole.

What You Should Know


+ There are stark disparities in the performance of local ERA programs.

+ There is significant unmet need for rental assistance in Texas, in jurisdictions with both successful and unsuccessful ERA programs.

+ Some programs have entirely failed to reach the lowest-income households or people of color.

+ Border jurisdictions are struggling to distribute funds, potentially due to regionally specific considerations (e.g., language barriers, documentation requirements, informal work and living situations).

If recaptured funds from underperforming Texas jurisdictions are reallocated to the State’s “Texas Rent Relief” program, they should be targeted to renters who need assistance in those jurisdictions.

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Read more about the ERA program and the methodology behind Texas Housers’ dashboard here.



Eviction Dashboard

It is a critical moment for protecting low-income renters at risk of eviction during the covid crisis. Eviction moratoria in the courts have ended and rent relief is drying up. We have some indication that evictions are on the rise again in the State of Texas, but how do we know how many evictions are happening in the state?

This dashboard visualizes what we know about the state of evictions in Texas, based on eviction case numbers reported to the Texas Office of Court Administration by local Justice of the Peace courts in the state.

How to use the dashboard 

Get information about evictions cases for Texas and individual counties:

When you open the dashboard, information is displayed for the state of Texas as a whole. 

There are two ways to learn more about what is happening in individual counties:

  1. Select a county from the list in the top-left of the dashboard. Clicking on your selection will change all of the dashboard elements to reflect the numbers for that county alone. 
  2. On the map, click on any county to pull up a pop-up window that shows eviction case data for that county. 

Learn more by turning map layers on and off on the map:

The map has three layers that you can turn on and off. These layers show:

  • The number of new eviction cases for the most recent month
  • The rate of eviction cases per the number of renter households
  • The amount of missing data due to Justice of the Peace courts not fulfilling their legal obligation to report their case data to the State.

To turn layers on and off, first click the layer “stack” icon in the top-right corner of the map. Then, click the “eyeball” icon next to each layer to turn it on or off. Please note that you can only view a layer that is low on the list by turning off the layers above it.

What You Should Know


+ Eviction cases numbers across the state have gone up since the federal moratorium was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in August.

+ New eviction cases are being filed even in counties where there are still emergency rental assistance funds available for renters and landlords, such as Montgomery, Nueces, and Jefferson Counties. Where there is rent relief available, there should be no evictions for nonpayment of rent.

+ Counties with the most eviction cases include most of the major metropolitan areas, except Travis County, which has the last remaining moratorium in the state. Other counties with high numbers of eviction cases include Collin, Denton, Nueces, Bell, and Montgomery.

+ Some counties with high numbers of eviction cases also have high eviction case rates (per number of renter households). These include Tarrant and Nueces Counties, both of which saw eviction filings for about 1 in every 200 renter households in the month of November alone.

+ Many courts in the state are not fulfilling their legal obligation to report eviction case numbers to the State. We treat the eviction numbers reported to the State as a baseline number, but this dereliction of duty by Justices of the Peace makes it nearly impossible to accurately assess the strain that evictions are placing on Texas communities. Notable offenders include Hidalgo, Lubbock, and Harrison Counties.


 

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Read more about evictions and the methodology behind Texas Housers’ dashboard here.